Photo Credit: Jennie
"We [Emilia and Ilya Kabakov]
the Russian government needs to do more to support
young artists and the artistic community. It has to
be serious art; art which is not made to make money.
artist[s] start creating for money, they
"Artist Interview - Homecoming
for the Kabakovs" The Art Newspaper -
The Artist Perceived As Salesperson
The first time someone approached me at an opening reception
and said, "We would like to buy that piece," I said,
"Are you sure?" The more seasoned artist who was standing
next to me graciously waited until we were alone later that evening
to say, "Don't EVER say that when someone wants to buy your
More than a decade later, that feeling of astonishment still
comes over me when someone wants to buy my work. I even get a
vicarious thrill when people visiting a gallery or my website
purchase my paintings. I rarely meet these strangers who see my
work, connect with it, and take that giant step forward to buy
Is selling my artwork a priority when I create it? Honestly,
no. Selling is a side effect caused by substantial effort on my
part or gallery owners and their staffs to put it "out there"
so that it can be seen and appreciated. I work hard to have solo
exhibits and participate in group shows. I try to find galleries
where my work "fits in."
At the beginning of last year, three galleries had my artwork.
Two have since closed or restructured, and now my work is in one.
It is absolutely superb and top-notch (www.galleryzprov.com),
and I consider myself fortunate to have my work there. The economy
continues to shake and quake, while we hold our collective breaths
and hope for the best.
I believe my work is "serious art
which is not made
to make money." Bringing an art lover and artist together
presents a delicious opportunity for a rich exchange: what do
you see? what are you curious about? what does this piece remind
you of? what were you thinking when you made this?
However, conversations between a person looking at artwork and
the artist who made it become a most delicate interaction if the
artist is perceived as one who expects a sale to follow.
Since blogs are designed to express and react to all things in
the universe, I am taking this opportunity to set my record straight.
I love to make art, show art, and talk about art. That is my bliss.
Should we ever meet, please relax and know that my agenda does
not include a dollar sign. Would I be glad to have you buy my
work? Certainly. I need money just like anyone else to buy supplies
and take classes. But I would be just as happy to have a conversation
about art. Not just mine, but anyone's. Reaction! Response! Reciprocation!
Those are the Golden Apples on my tree.
Any thoughts? Contact me; email@example.com!